NQT retention statistics

Since 2005 we have tracked each cohort of NQTs three years after they completed the NQT induction programme to ascertain where they are now. From 2012, we have instigated a six-year track.

2016-17 cohort of NQTs

From 582 responses (60% response rate):

  • 84% were still teaching
    • 76% remained within the independent sector in the UK
    • 4% were teaching overseas
    • 4% moved to the state-maintained sector
  • 6% left teaching
  • 3% were on a career break
  • 7% were unknown
Completed induction 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Responses 582† 750 822 924 700* 857 832 554 862 569 855 670
Still in independent sector 76% 71% 76% 75% 78% 77% 75% 80% 80% 80% 82% 80%
Teaching overseas 4% 7% 5% 6% 4% 5% 5%
Moved to maintained sector 4% 5% 7% 7% 6% 5% 6% 4% 5% 5% 4% 4.8%
On a career break 3% 4% 2% 3% 2% 2% 3% 6% 4% 3% 4% 4.3%
Left teaching 6% 3% 4% 3% 4% 3% 3% 3% 3% 4% 3% 5.5%
Unknown 7% 10% 6% 6% 6% 8% 8% 7% 8% 8% 7% 5.4%

* conducted by email
† conducted by Survey Monkey due to COVID-19


2015-16 cohort of NQTs

From 750 responses (76% response rate):

  • 83% were still teaching
    • 71% remained within the independent sector in the UK
    • 7% were teaching overseas
    • 5% moved to the state-maintained sector
  • 3% left teaching
  • 4% were on a career break
  • 10% were unknown

2014-15 cohort of NQTs

From 822 responses (82% response rate):

  • 88% were still teaching
    • 76% remained within the independent sector in the UK
    • 5% were teaching overseas
    • 7% moved to the state-maintained sector
  • 4% left teaching
  • 2% were on a career break
  • 6% were unknown

2013-14 cohort of NQTs

From 924 responses (73% response rate):

  • 88% were still teaching
    • 75% remained within the independent sector in the UK
    • 6% were teaching overseas
    • 7% moved to the state-maintained sector
  • 3% left teaching
  • 3% were on a career break
  • 6% were unknown

2012-13 cohort of NQTs

From 700 responses (56% response rate):

  • 88% were still teaching
    • 78% remained within the independent sector in the UK
    • 4% were teaching overseas
    • 6% moved to the state-maintained sector
  • 4% left teaching
  • 2% were on a career break
  • 6% were unknown

2011-12 cohort of NQTs

From 857 responses (77% response rate):

  • 88% were still teaching
    • 77% remained within the independent sector in the UK
    • 5% were teaching overseas
    • 5% moved to the state-maintained sector
  • 3% left teaching
  • 2% were on a career break
  • 8% were unknown

2010-11 cohort of NQTs

From 832 responses:

  • 86% were still teaching
    • 75% remained within the independent sector in the UK
    • 5% were teaching overseas
    • 6% moved to the state-maintained sector
  • 3% left teaching
  • 3% were on a career break
  • 8% were unknown

2009-10 cohort of NQTs

From 554 responses:

  • 84% were still teaching
    • 80% remained in the independent sector
    • 4% moved to the state-maintained sector
  • 6% left teaching
  • 3% were on a career break
  • 7% were unknown

2008-9 cohort of NQTs

From 862 responses:

  • 85% were still teaching
    • 80% remained in the independent sector
    • 5% moved to the state-maintained sector
  • 3% left teaching
  • 4% were on a career break
  • 8% were unknown

2007-8 cohort of NQTs

From 569 responses:

  • 85% were still teaching
    • 80% remained in the independent sector
    • 5% moved to the state-maintained sector
  • 4% left teaching
  • 3% were on a career break

2006-7 cohort of NQTs

From 855 responses:

  • 86% were still teaching
    • 82% remained in the independent sector
    • 4% moved to the state-maintained sector
  • 3% left teaching
  • 4% were on a career break

2005/6 cohort of NQTs

From 670 responses:

  • 84.8% were still teaching
    • 80% remained in the independent sector
    • 4.8% moved to the state-maintained sector
  • 5.5% left teaching
  • 4.3% were on a career break